A Statement From The Presidents of the Basketball Group of 7

    March 12, 2013

    March 12, 2013 - The Presidents of the Big East Conference this morning formally approved an agreement that will allow the seven basketball schools - DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John's and Villanova - to establish a new conference that will begin play in the 2013-14 academic year under the "Big East" name.

    The seven basketball schools, which include many of the original founding schools of the Big East, have unanimously established the goal of continuing the storied legacy and time-honored traditions of athletic competition so closely associated with the Big East, including being the home of the very best college basketball in the nation.

    Details about the expected broadcast media deal, season-ending tournament and additional members of the new conference will be announced in the near future.